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Torino Jazz Festival 2014

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The programme of the third edition of the Torino Jazz Festival has finally been announced! Local heroes Elio e le Storie Tese headline an exciting lineup that also features Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur, jazz stars Kenny Barron and Dave Holland, trumpeters Ibrahim Maalouf and Paolo Fresu, Caetano Veloso and African stars Louis Moholo and Manu Dibango.

There is a lot of excitement in Northern Italy…and for a good reason! Torino Jazz Festival will be back for a new spectacular edition from 25 April to 1 May with over 200 concerts, jam sessions, screenings and cultural happenings!



Jazz, Brazilian Music and African Rhythms at Torino Jazz Festival 2014

The third edition of the Torino Jazz Festival will kick off on 25 April with The Big Band Theory (3:30 pm), ensemble that will pay tribute to the iconic Glenn Miller and his Glenn Miller Orchestra, and a celebration of popular clarinetist, sax player and composer Gianluigi Trovesi (6 pm).

The celebration of Gianluigi Trovesi will continue on 26 April (at 11 am) and it will be followed by a performance by the exciting duo of Uri Caine and Dave Douglas (6 pm).

Torino Jazz Festival 2014

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Philadelphia-born pianist and composer Uri Caine is a Grammy Award nominee who, during his career, has played alongside jazz masters such as Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Lester Bowie.

Dave Douglas is a versatile trumpeter, as well as composer and professor. After receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship, an Aaron Copland award and two Grammy nominations, Douglas is still going strong. In addition to be known as member of exciting bands such as Sound Prints – that also features critically-acclaimed sax’s ace Joe Lovano – Dave Douglas is also an active event organizer. At present, he is the director of the Festival of New Trumpet Music.

The star of the evening will be two-time Grammy Award winner and headliner of the world’s most prestigious music venues Diane Schuur. Dizzy Gillespie, Count Basie, Sten Getz and B.B. King are only some of the world’s renowned artists Schuur has performed with. At Torino Jazz Festival she will be backed by the Torino Jazz Orchestra, ensemble that incorporates the cultural heritage of Gianni Basso, one of the most prominent members of the Italian jazz repertoire, and that has shared the stage with the likes of Dionne Warwick and Dee Dee Bridgewater.

The 2014 edition of Torino Jazz Festival will also feature the African rhythms of the charismatic Manu Dibango (28 April, 9 pm) and South African living legend Louis Moholo (30 April, 6 pm).

Saxophonist and singer Manu Dibango doesn’t need much introductions. If his name is not familiar to you, chances are that you have heard his music, without knowing him, at least once. An over-50 years long career, make him one of the most popular African musicians in the world. The versatile Manu Dibango is not only a sax player: he’s also African ambassador, producer, philosopher, reporter…and he’s an excellent jazzman!



When talking about African music stars, you know that the name Louis Moholo will come up. Louis Moholo-Moholo, as he is often called these days, he is the founder of South African legendary band the Blue Notes (Cape Town International Jazz Fest 2014 hosted a tribute show to the group) and other prominent ensembles, and he has also performed with Enrico Rava, Steve Lacy and Evan Parker, to name a few.

Singer-songwriter Caetano Veloso is without doubts among the most beloved South American artists. He returns to Italy, for the first time since 2010, to perform at Torino Jazz Festival on 30 April (9 pm). He if you are into bossa nova, mark this date on your agenda!

The list of international jazzmen that Torino Jazz Festival will present to its audience also includes star trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and the talented duo of jazz masters Kenny Barron and Dave Holland.

Ibrahim Maalouf

Ibrahim Maalouf | Credits: rouvre.com

The Beirut-born, Paris-based, trumpet player Ibrahim Maalouf is one of the most popular contemporary European jazz trumpeters. In spite of his young age, Maalouf has already become a prominent name in the European jazz scene. It might be because of the strong musical and cultural background that influenced him growing up…or his successful tours around the world… What’s certain though, is that Ibrahim Maalouf is a real star. Join him (1 May, 8:40 pm) for a mystical, explorative musical journey into the world of jazz with songs from his latest records Illusions and Wind.

The following collaboration brings together two of the world’s most critically-acclaimed jazz musicians. Pianist, composer, arranger and teacher Kenny Barron first started performing with John Coltrane and Lee Morgan. Today, after seventy years of sold-out shows, world tours and records, it’s Kenny Barron who is a prominent name all young promising artists look up to. Considered one of the most influential mainstream jazz pianists since the bebop era, he takes his elegant piano riffs to Torino Jazz Festival alongside bassist Dave Holland. The British double bass player began his career with a legend (does the name Miles Davis sound familiar?) too and is now one of the most popular and in-demand contemporary jazz bassists. He has won the Grammy Award several time as leader of his Dave Holland Quintet.



Italian Music Stars and Traditions

The eclectic Elio e le Storie Tese are the perfect choice for the grand finale (1 May, 11 pm).


Elio e le Storie Tese

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One of the most critically-acclaimed contemporary bands in Italy, they are known for their explosive mix of high-quality music, sharp sense of humour and unpredictable, but always, entertaining shows. Active since 1980, Elio e le Storie Tese have won pretty much everything a group could win in Italy and have performed sold-out concerts in all the country’s major music venues, festivals and squares. At Torino Jazz Festival, they will bring their most famous songs and new compositions from their latest effort L’Album Biango.

Torino Jazz Festival 2014 will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Paolo Fresu Quintet, undoubtedly one of Italy’s musical gems. The band, founded by internationally acclaimed Sardinian trumpeter and flugelhorn player Paolo Fresu, is one of the top products of the European jazz scene. On 1 May (7:20 pm), the Paolo Fresu Quintet will celebrate thirty years of success with all their most celebrated compositions, including those from their new record ¡30!.

Jazz and Italian popular music at Torino Jazz Festival 2014 will also be present through New York Torino Roundtrip (1 May, 6 pm), interesting collaboration between the Juillard School and the Conservatorio Verdi, and Taranta Nera – Il Salento Incontra L’Africa (1 May, 3:30 pm) – show where Italian music and traditions meet Africa’s culture and sounds.

For more information on other concerts and cultural events visit www.torinojazzfestival.it


Event Details:

Torino Jazz Festival

25 April – 1 May

Torino, Italy

Info: torinojazzfestival@comune.torino.it

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